Wallace explores nineteenth-century ghost stories written by Elizabeth Gaskell, and later tales by May Sinclair, and Elizabeth Bowen. Using ideas drawn from Modleski and Irigaray she argues that such tales explore how a patriarchal culture represses/buries images of the maternal. She further argues that the ghost story enabled women writers to evade the marriage plots which dominated the earlier Radcliffean Female Gothic, meaning that they could offer a more radical critique of male power, violence and predatory sexuality than was possible in either the realist, or indeed Gothic, novel. Wallace argues that the ghost story functions as the ‘double’ or the ‘unconscious’ of the novel, giving form to what has to be repressed in the longer, more ‘respectable’ form.
Amanda Dewees, Jacqueline Howard, David Seed, Amanda Boulter, Neil Cornwell, Lisa Hopkins, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Diane Long Hoeveler, Marcie Frank, Paul Russell, Martin Priestman, Dan White, Andy Smith, Diana Wallace, Diane Mason, and Crede Byron